Showing posts with label climate crisis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label climate crisis. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Making Sense of Climate #9 with Ted McIntyre - 05/12/22 (audio)

FM #800 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 800 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Thursday, May 12, 2022.  

Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session 

The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ted McIntyre as he helps me “make sense of climate.” 

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-800-making-sense-of-climate-9-05-12-22

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Articles referenced

The MA Legislature needs to step in.

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/spending-billions-fixing-gas-system-makes-no-sense/ 


Healey files to reject DPU plan crafted by utilities

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/05/12/science/two-years-after-asking-future-gas-investigation-healey-asks-state-reject-results/


Example of $$ co-opting perhaps legitimate local concerns. MA needs to build its own power… but this is a threat to managing the grid plan on a national level

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/06/climate/hydro-quebec-maine-clean-energy.html 

Environs fought building stuff in 1970, but now want to build stuff,. how manage???

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/13/opinion/berkeley-enrollment-climate-crisis.html


Theoharides goes to German wind company

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/05/06/science/theoharides-announces-new-position-offshore-wind-industry/

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/energy/theoharides-takes-us-offshore-wind-job-for-german-company/


This is an equity issue (only a tiny fraction of humans will ever fly) and a challenge to linear thinking. Would the sun still come up if you couldn’t  get to Beijing in 12 hours?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/10/just-one-of-50-aviation-industry-climate-targets-met-study-finds 

 

See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

“If we give nature a chance, and back off from fighting it, it comes back”

REP. PATRICIA HADDAD of Somerset, long a powerful figure in the Massachusetts House, is now also the star of a new documentary written, directed, and produced by California-based filmmaker Kiki Goshay about America’s love affair with energy.

The documentary’s strength is the long look it takes at the country’s haphazard energy evolution from one president to the next, and from one crisis to the next. The story is told using Haddad and Somerset as the laboratory where those twists and turns play out – often with devastating personal and environmental consequences.

Continue reading the article online

Listen to this episode of The Codcast  https://soundcloud.com/massinc/empowered-somerset


Thursday, May 12, 2022

On the climate front: aviation industry fails to meet climate targets; "‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown"

"The international aviation industry has failed to meet all but one of 50 of its own climate targets in the past two decades, environment campaigners say.

A report commissioned by the climate charity Possible assessed every target set by the industry since 2000 and found that nearly all had been missed, revised or quietly ignored. The charity says the findings undermine a UK government plan to leave airlines to reduce their emissions through self-regulation.

Leo Murray, Possible’s director of innovation, said: “This forensic investigation shows just how implausible and credulous the government’s jet-zero strategy is shaping up to be. How can we credibly expect this industry to overdeliver on emissions reduction when they’ve never met any of their previous climate targets?

“It’s clear that we need to demand reduction via a frequent flyer levy, which would discourage the frequent flying by a small group of people which makes up the bulk of emissions from planes.

Continue reading article online (subscription may be required)

Copy of the full report available -> https://www.wearepossible.org/latest-news/for-20-years-the-aviation-has-missed-all-but-one-of-their-sustainability-targets

 

Missed Targets Report
Missed Targets Report

"The world’s biggest fossil fuel firms are quietly planning scores of “carbon bomb” oil and gas projects that would drive the climate past internationally agreed temperature limits with catastrophic global impacts, a Guardian investigation shows.

The exclusive data shows these firms are in effect placing multibillion-dollar bets against humanity halting global heating. Their huge investments in new fossil fuel production could pay off only if countries fail to rapidly slash carbon emissions, which scientists say is vital.

The oil and gas industry is extremely volatile but extraordinarily profitable, particularly when prices are high, as they are at present. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron have made almost $2tn in profits in the past three decades, while recent price rises led BP’s boss to describe the company as a “cash machine”.

The lure of colossal payouts in the years to come appears to be irresistible to the oil companies, despite the world’s climate scientists stating in February that further delay in cutting fossil fuel use would mean missing our last chance “to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all”. As the UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned world leaders in April: “Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us.”

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

On the climate front: 2 articles remind us (1) unified approach required (2) time is running out

On the climate front, two articles reminding us (1) we need to tackle climate in a unified approach (we have one world to share with others) and (2) time to act is indeed running out.

"Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged to record levels for the month of April, nearly doubling the area of forest removed in that month last year – the previous April record – preliminary government data has shown, alarming environmental campaigners.

In the first 29 days of April, deforestation in the region totaled 1,012.5 square km (390 square miles), according to data from national space research agency Inpe on Friday. The agency, which has compiled the monthly data series since 2015/2016, will report data for the final day of April next week.

April is the third monthly record this year, after new highs were also observed in January and February."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

An aerial view shows logs that were illegally cut from the Amazon rainforest in Anapu, Para state, Brazil, in 2019. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters
An aerial view shows logs that were illegally cut from the Amazon rainforest in Anapu, Para state, Brazil, in 2019. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters


"The world’s birds, described as the planet’s “canaries in the coalmine”, are disappearing in large numbers as the colossal impact of humanity on the Earth grows, a global review has found.

There are about 11,000 species of bird spanning the globe, but the populations of half of them are falling, while just 6% are increasing. Their flight and song make them easier to study than many animals, meaning they are the best studied large group.

Bird populations are also affected by all the damage caused by human activity, from the destruction of wild habitat, the climate crisis, and pesticides and other pollution, to over-hunting and impacts of alien species and disease. This makes them the best living indicators of global change, the scientists said."
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The most threatened families of birds are those which are larger and take longer to reproduce, including the Australian brushturkey. Photograph: thomasmales/Getty Images/iStockphoto
The most threatened families of birds are those which are larger and take longer to reproduce, including the Australian brushturkey. Photograph: thomasmales/Getty Images/iStockphoto


Friday, May 6, 2022

Making Sense of Climate #8 - discussing transportation in a climate ready Franklin - 04/27/22 (audio)

FM #788 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 789 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We are also joined by Marissa B, from the 350 MA Franklin Node group. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Apr 27, 2022.  

Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well. Marissa joined Ted and I for this session.

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session 

The recording runs about 45 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Marissa and Ted McIntyre as he helps us “make sense of climate” regarding transportation in a climate ready Franklin.

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-788-making-sense-of-climate-8-04-27-22

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Articles referenced

IPCC - Chapter 5 https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg3/ 

The pdf of the chapter in the 2033 mitigation report

https://report.ipcc.ch/ar6wg3/pdf/IPCC_AR6_WGIII_FinalDraft_Chapter05.pdf

Good2Go - pilot of electric vehicle rental in four locations within Boston

https://www.mapc.org/news/boston-kicks-off-new-electric-vehicle-car-share-program/

Complete streets via MASS DOT https://www.mass.gov/complete-streets-funding-program

Town of Franklin “Complete Streets” https://www.franklinma.gov/engineering/pages/complete-streets 

The day the trolley died - somewhere in the 1920’s  https://franklinobserver.town.news/g/franklin-town-ma/n/57968/hometown-history-12-streetcar-named-expire 

Here is the Westervelt discussion

https://www.drilledpodcast.com/debunking-demand-ipcc-mitigation-report-part-1/

Here is a more pointed analysis

https://braveneweurope.com/timothee-parrique-degrowth-for-the-first-time-in-ipcc-report

See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes ->

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

Franklin Historical Museum photo of trolley car from back in the day
Franklin Historical Museum photo of trolley car from back in the day

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Next Meeting May 19

This month the Greater Franklin Node of 350 Mass will hold one meeting only, on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

We are cancelling the meeting regularly held on the 1st Thursday (05/05/22) of the month. 

To stay informed about activities and campaigns, look for the email "Climate Weekly" from 350 Mass. (Sign up here to receive it.)   Also check the 350 Mass website for actions and upcoming events.

Additionally, you can view 350 Mass archived webinars on our YouTube channel. Subscribe today and be notified when we post new videos.

We look forward to seeing you at future Node meetings and at climate actions in our region and in Greater Boston. 
Be well.

Node Co-coordinators,
Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern

Ralph Halpern
781-784-3839 (h)
339-203-5017 (c) 

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Making Sense of Climate with Ted McIntyre #7 - 04/19/22 (audio)

FM #783 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 783 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Apr 19, 2022.  


Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well. We started with a couple of updates and then got into a discussion on how the MA state government is organized and how the organizations play their role.

 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session 

 

The recording runs about 40 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ted McIntyre as he helps me “make sense of climate.”  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-783-making-sense-of-climate-7-04-19-22



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See listing of articles referenced ->

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gI8_RcnDNy47YW6K3A9d58JIEjOYK5K1/view?usp=sharing 


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes ->

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Making Sense of Climate with Ted McIntyre #7 - 04/19/22 (audio)
Making Sense of Climate with Ted McIntyre #7 - 04/19/22 (audio)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: MBTA gets to buying electric buses; Codcast episode

On the climate front, the T is getting to buying electric buses, and 2 Conservation Law officials question the progress bring made by ISO-New England. Both items also covered in our "Making Sense of Climate" series. 

"THE MBTA is beginning the process of electrifying its bus fleet, launching a long-awaited procurement that could lead to the purchase of 460 battery-electric buses over the next five years.

The T’s request for proposal went out on Friday, with the transit authority seeking a battery-powered bus supplemented with a diesel-power heating system and capable of going 150 miles on a single charge."

Continue reading the article online

Challenging the status quo on electricity, heating
"Challenging the status quo on electricity, heating"


"Two top officials with the Conservation Law Foundation say the region’s power grid operator and the state’s utilities are in some ways part of the problem instead of the solution to dealing with climate change. 

Greg Cunningham, the vice president and director of CLF’s clean energy and climate change program, and Caitlin Peale Sloan, the vice president for Massachusetts, said on The Codcast that they are concerned the institutions that should be leading the fight against climate change are not doing so."
Continue reading the article online
 
Listen to The Codcast episode referenced in the article


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Are you an Earth Buddy?

FM: What is Save Soil?
KP: The Save Soil movement is being initiated by Sadhguru, a yogi, mystic, and visionary who has 9 million volunteers across the globe. He initiated this movement because to address the oil crisis by bringing together people from around the world to stand up for Soil Health, and supporting leaders of all nations to institute national policies and actions toward increasing the organic content in cultivable Soil.

FM: You are a notary and presidential volunteer award recipient from Point of Light. How did you get involved with this Save Soil Movement?
KP: The Save Soil movement is not a protest, this is the responsibility of every human who lives on this planet. This is the movement to turn world attention to our dying soil. I am an earth buddy to help this effort.

FM: What could be a solution for Save Soil?
KP:  We have to bring back at least 3-6% organic content in the soil, by bringing the land under shade from vegetation, and enriching the soil through plant litter, and animal waste.

FM:  What can we do?
KP: Let's make the awareness of Save Soil to all. This has been a journey from GreenHeads to GreenHands to GreenHearts. Each and every one of us. Let us make it happen!!

FM: Is there any website?
KP: yes please see www.savesoil.org or sign your pledge at                  https://pledge.save-soil.co/kpsompally

FM:  Is there any action plan?  are you creating Save Soil awareness in New England area or Franklin?
KP: In Franklin, we haven't started yet, we will start soon. We just started a campaign to join to become earth buddies in Boston, let's make it happen!!!!

View the video message here -> https://youtu.be/SCHqnkR7600



Are you an Earth Buddy?
Are you an Earth Buddy?

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node, Virtual Meeting, Thursday, April 21, 7:00


350 Mass Greater Franklin Node
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node

Our next 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node meeting will be on Zoom, this Thursday, April 217:00-9:00 PM. (We schedule two hours to leave time for discussion and conversation, but we understand if you need to sign off early.)  

Join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 889 2460 7755
Passcode: 350ma
Dial-in +1 646 876 9923 

During the meeting, we will update the status of climate bills in the state legislature, actions to promote national and regional changes, and local developments.

Whether or not you can join the meeting, there are a few worthwhile virtual events on Thursday, all scheduled for noon. You can consider each of these programs:
  • Burning Question: Climate Action Call. Thursday April 21. 12:00-12:45. Organized by 350 Mass and Mothers Out Front. Take action to pass visionary climate legislation this year.  Information here.   RSVP & Registration here.
  • Webinar: Setting a Standard for Cleaner Buildings.  Thursday April 21. 12:00-1:00. Green Energy  Consumers Alliance. Learn how performance standards work, policies currently in place, and proposed performance standards legislation.  Information and Registration here
  • Webinar: The Carbon-Free House of 2030. Thursday April 21. 12:00-12:45. Boston Globe Sustainability Week 2022. An expert panel describes what environment-saving homes of the future look like, and steps we can take to get to an environmentally-friendly future.  Information and RSVP here.  Sustainability Week; full schedule here.    

We hope you can join us Thursday at 7:00 pm. We'll send a reminder Thursday afternoon. 

Thank you for your commitment to the struggle for a transition to a just, equitable, and clean energy economy.

Node Co-coordinators,
Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern

Ralph Halpern
ralph.halpern@comcast.net
781-784-3839 (h)
339-203-5017 (c) 

Friday, April 15, 2022

Conversation with Ted McIntyre - "Making Sense of Climate" #6 - 04/05/22 (audio)

FM #777 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 777 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Apr 5, 2022.  


Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well. We started with a couple of updates and then got into a discussion on how the MA state government is organized and how the organizations play their role.

 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session 

 

The recording runs about 40 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ted. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-777-making-sense-of-climate-6-04-05-22  


 

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See listing of articles referenced ->

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ddiVPALFI8Uo0u8I77w0fMuxfKv9cTSZ/view?usp=sharing 


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes ->

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Conversation with Ted McIntyre - "Making Sense of Climate" #6 - 04/05/22 (audio)
Conversation with Ted McIntyre - "Making Sense of Climate" #6 - 04/05/22 (audio)